A former adviser to David Cameron laughs about Trump’s caged children live on TV

Steve Hilton on Fox and children sleeping under space blankets
Fréa Lockley

An adviser to former UK prime minister David Cameron simply laughed on his Fox TV show when a far-right guest said children ripped from their parents at the US border were actually “child actors”.

Sorry, what?

Steve Hilton was formerly a “top adviser” for David Cameron. He now hosts The Next Revolution on Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News. Ann Coulter, a far-right lawyer and commentator, appeared on the show and shared her ‘opinions’ about the ongoing crisis at the US border.

Coulter claimed that there was a drive to “incentivise” people to come to the US, for things like “free healthcare”. She then went on to say that children who have been ripped from their parents and held in appalling conditions were:

child actors weeping and crying on all the other networks 24/7

And speaking straight to camera, she implored Donald Trump to listen to her. Trump has often boasted that he gets his ‘facts’ from Fox News.

Throughout this, Hilton failed to challenge her. He briefly joked about ‘not getting a word in’. But he was smiling. And as he tried to end the segment, Coulter claimed that:

These kids are being coached. They’re given scripts to read by liberals, according to the New Yorker. Don’t fall for the actor children.

 Hilton simply smiled and thanked her for ‘getting that off her chest’.

A bitter truth

Hilton later tried to distance himself from Coulter’s claims:

But as many people pointed out on social media, this was too little too late. Because at no point in the segment did he challenge her:

Others, meanwhile, questioned Coulter’s logic:

The New Yorker article Coulter refers to doesn’t seem to exist. And the author of one 2011 story that it appears Coulter was referencing called her out on Twitter, saying:

Even Piers Morgan interjected when Coulter shared similar views on his show, insisting:

They are not actors… They are being kept in wire cages under tinfoil.

All David Cameron’s former adviser could do, however, was laugh. And given the Conservative government’s own atrocious record in dealing with child refugees, his reaction spoke volumes.

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